Hard to shift into gear


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This same problem happened to me. Began to get hard shifting into 2nd gear, pretty soon it began getting hard into 3rd. and soon after I wasn't able to get it in gear.. Sounds like you have a bad pilot bearing. Also, if i were you upon removing the transmission i also had a slave going bad. While you have the trans out, you should replace this if you haven't done so. Forcing it into gear is not good that is how you mess up shift forks. I had been forcing it into gear for awhile though (thus the need to replace shift forks). As for the gravel driveway, if you want to do so, good luck :icon_thumby: You'll need a jack if you are doing the job yourself.
 


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Luckily, I'm not having to jam it into gear. It'll slip in gear if I'm patient with it and try a few times, if it doesn't work on the first time. Thanks for the heads up, though. Did you fix your tranny/clutch yourself?

I know, gravel driveways aren't really that much fun.
 

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No, I didn't fix it myself, mostly due to inclement weather, snow + an icy driveway isn't really an ideal situation for jobs like this. If it wasn't icy and a little warmer at the time I would have done the job myself. If it could have waited I would have installed a whole new setup for what I paid to have it done. Personally I would find a better surface that'll support a jack, and something a little more comfortable :icon_confused:
 

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Yeah, I'm gonna try to bum some driveway space from a buddy. I do have a thick tarp I lay down on the gravel when I'm wrenching, so it helps a lot.

Did you have the symptom that it was hard to get into 1st unless you were slightly rolling?
 

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The pedal bracket will crack and flex enough to take away some pedal movement causing shifting problems
 

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Clutch pedal feels firm with no slop.

Sometimes I cannot get her to change into gear while driving. If I'm at a stoplight, she won't go into 1st/2nd very easily. I tried pumping the clutch pedal, but it didn't improve the situation at all.

I can kind of jam it into gear, but it is difficult. It feels like I am trying to push it through a wall. It's much easier to shift into 1st when I am coasting to a stop.

Also, sometimes she'll grind going into 3rd gear, even if the clutch pedal is all the way to the floor.

While the truck is off, I can shift into gears easily and smoothly.

Summary:
1. Very hard shift into 1st or 2nd; pumping pedal did not help.
2. 3rd gear grinds sometimes, even if clutch pedal is completely depressed.
3. Truck shifts into gear easily and smoothly when off.

I've read a lot of stuff saying that the MC and SC are the likely culprits. I haven't noticed any leaks, and all the fluids seem to be at correct levels and fluids are good.

Is there a linkage to adjust with these trannys, or is there a direct connect between shifter and tranny? I'm not exactly sure how this particular system works.

I read some stuff about brake fluid is what's used in the hydraulics. Does this mean it's fed from the brake reservoir, and I may just need a fluid change?

I've also read that bleeding the hydraulics on these models is a PITA. I've never, ever done any tranny work/maintenance besides drain and filling the tranny fluid. Is this something that can be done with basic tools and a basic understanding of the system?

TIA for the help!!
What was the outcome? I am having the exact same issue! I've litteraly been busting my knuckles on my stereo and car charger in my outlet from having to push so hard to get it in 1st&3rd on my 98 ranger. Same as you it started in 1st and progressively got worse now it's to the point where I struggle with any gear even 5th going down the hwy. If I end up stopped at a light in N I'll litteraly have to shut my truck off to put it in gear. At first it was only while I was sitting still but now it's tough when I'm moving as well.
 

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What was the outcome? I am having the exact same issue! I've litteraly been busting my knuckles on my stereo and car charger in my outlet from having to push so hard to get it in 1st&3rd on my 98 ranger. Same as you it started in 1st and progressively got worse now it's to the point where I struggle with any gear even 5th going down the hwy. If I end up stopped at a light in N I'll litteraly have to shut my truck off to put it in gear. At first it was only while I was sitting still but now it's tough when I'm moving as well.
bigalpha has not been here since 2009 so I doubt you will get a response.

That said, I suspect that you've got an issue with the clutch hydraulics - check the fluid level, if it's low, your slave cylinder is probably leaking. I would also really recommend checking the transmission fluid level, M5ODs are notorious for leaking and they will get very hard to shift if they're low on fluid (I know from experience................)

Also, welcome to TRS, good to see another local person on here!
 


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